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Edwards, Lee

Lee Edwards


Lee Edwards is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Beijing office. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment transactions. Mr. Edwards has represented Chinese and international corporations in going private, tender offers, stock and asset purchase transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions and in the establishment of Sino-foreign joint ventures. Mr. Edwards speaks Mandarin and has practiced in the firm’s Beijing office since 1994.

He has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for M&A and Private Equity by major legal directories including Chambers Asia, APL500, IFLR 1000 and Asialaw.

Selected Experience

  • Acquity Group Limited in connection with its acquisition by an affiliate of Accenture Plc for approx. US$316 million
  • SINA Corporation in the sale of approximately 18% of its subsidiary Weibo Corporation to Alibaba Group for US$586 million
  • Sany Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Shanghai-listed Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd., in its acquisition of German mechanical engineering group Putzmeister
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of China Real Estate Information Corporation in the company’s going-private transaction
  • Xi’an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Ltd. in its acquisition of FACC AG
  • sanofi-aventis in the US$520.6 million acquisition of BMP Sunstone Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company operating exclusively in China


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1992
    • Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Chinese Law, 1990-1992
  • Columbia College, B.A., 1986
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